I knew that the secret to riding a decent circle was in the weight aid, as in putting more weight on the inside seatbone, but I could never get a decent sized circle no matter how hard I tried. Whenever I'd ask Coriander to do that I'd either get a volte or a turn on the haunches. Both of those are good but they weren't what I wanted.
Friday I finally figured out what was going wrong, I was overdoing it. So I decided to try something different and, EUREKA, it worked!
So here it is, my secret to circles (which doubtlessly has been discovered by countless others including people reading my blog):
- keep your spine straight- do not collapse a hip or drop a shoulder
- look upward and into the circle, do not look at your horse
- weight the inside seatbone slightly more than the outside one when the horse's barrel swings to the outside of the circle (when you feel your hip drop to the inside)
- weight your seatbones evenly when the barrel swings to the inside of the circle
I imagine you can accomplish this just by putting more weight in the inside stirrup but I was riding bareback when I figured this out, thus the emphasis on the pelvis.